PBA players who blossomed after being traded

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TRADES are inevitable especially in the professional ranks — whether they’re done due to unforeseen circumstances or whether the management feels that it’s time to move on from certain players.

But all hope is not lost however, especially for the traded player as these occurrences may turn out to be a blessing in disguise one way or another.

Today, FOX Sports Philippines takes a look at some players who blossomed after being traded away to another team.

Chris Ross

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Despite being drafted fourth overall in the 2009 PBA Draft, Chris Ross struggled to find a home in the league. The Texas native was traded immediately to Meralco after playing his rookie year for Coca-Cola. Soon after, he would find himself playing for the Bolts but after three years, he was be traded two more times up until he ended up in San Miguel.

It was with the Beermen where Ross would rack up majority of his accolades — from his six championship trophies, all-star appearances, and even being named as the Finals MVP twice. To his credit, he has shown continuous improvement under the tutelage of Leo Austria by adding a three-point shot to his arsenal.

Arwind Santos

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The reed-thin forward out of Angeles City, Pampanga was drafted 2nd overall in the 2006 PBA Draft by Air21, playing alongside veterans like the De Ocampo brothers and Wynne Arboleda. At the end of his rookie season, he was one of the leading contenders for the Rookie of the Year award, only to have lost against his former PBL teammate in Kelly Williams. Santos would continue to grow as a player, but after few more years of playing for Air21, Santos would find himself playing for the illustrious SMB franchise.

Playing for San Miguel, The “Spiderman” would further blossom as one of the league’s top two-way players. In 2011, the former FEU Tamaraw would win his second Defensive Player of the Year award, first championship, and first Best Player of the Conference citation. From there on, he would continue to be a much-valuable contributor to the San Miguel dynasty that rules up to this day.

Marc Pingris

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It’s safe to say that Marc Pingris had quite a whirlwind of a career overall in basketball as he would find himself playing for four teams in his time in the PBA. The pride of Pozorrubio was drafted third overall in the loaded 2004 PBA Draft by FedEx, but was shipped away immediately to play for Purefoods.

Hustle and tenacity are his calling cards as he would almost always be part of the league’s All-Defensive Teams. But due to Rommel Adducul’s nasopharynx cancer, the Pangasinan native was traded immediately to the SMB franchise to fill their glaring need at the center position. But soon after, he would find himself back in Purefoods and would win championships anew for the squad- by being the team’s cornerstone on defense. The “Pinoy Sakuragi” would also be dubbed as one of the PBA’s 40 Greatest Players.

Japeth Aguilar

PBA-Japeth Aguilar

Before going on to the form the vaunted “Twin Towers” of Ginebra that we come and know today, Japeth Aguilar had an up-and-down career initially in the PBA. Citing his pursuit for his lifelong NBA dream, Aguilar decided to not play much in the PBA by having stints in the NBA G-League and in our national team.

The former Blue Eagle would eventually find himself playing for Ginebra after being traded from TNT and GlobalPort in 2013. From there, he would grow into one of the league’s elite big men by amassing multiple awards such as his all-star appearances and four titles up to this date.

Vic Manuel 

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Veteran journeyman Vic Manuel has seen it all in his time in the PBA as he bounced around multiple teams before finding his way in the Alaska Aces four years ago. The burgeoning franchise player would show vast improvement from his all-around game — whether it is scoring, rebounding, and defending. His said growth almost earned for himself a Best Player of the Conference citation last Commissioner’s Cup.

And with Calvin Abueva being traded a few weeks ago to Phoenix, it is clear that Manuel will be the Aces franchise cornerstone for the forseeable future.
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